Shirley E. McDonald

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:49 am

Shirley Evelyn Sellers McDonald passed away Sept. 22, 2012 at the Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 87 years old.

Shirley was born April 27, 1925, in Lucas County, Iowa, to John Mark and Maude Emmaline (Wright) Sellers. She graduated from Russell High School in 1943 and earned her teaching certificate and took courses at Simpson College and Drake University. Shirley taught country school at the Dickerville and Pershing schools in Cedar Township of Lucas County. She also taught school in Marengo, Iowa, and Melcher, Iowa.

On September 16, 1951, Shirley was united in marriage to Richard Eugene McDonald. To this union six children were born; Mark Steven, Charles Stanley, Scott Richard, Sheila Marie, Sally Annette, and Sonnie Sue. Shirley spent the next stage of her life raising her family and working on the family farm. She was a member of the Russell and Chariton United Methodist churches and active in Sunday School and Bible School programs. Her family was dear to her heart and she worked hard to raise them in a Christian way.

In 1973, the marriage dissolved and Shirley moved the family to Chariton. She was employed at J.C. Penney and then at Lucas County Memorial Hospital as a ward clerk. In 2008, because of health issues, Shirley moved to the Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center. She enjoyed visits from family and friends as well as the caretakers at the center. Her room was often the place where many people stopped by to share a laugh or a concern.

Shirley was an avid reader and needleworker. She made many afghans, doilies, slippers and caps and loved sharing them with anyone who stopped by to see her.

Shirley is survived by her children: Steven (Deb) McDonald, Stanley McDonald, Scott (Dee) McDonald, all of Chariton; Sheila (Rod) Wedner of Gervais, Ore.; Sally Johnson of Colesburg; and Sonnie (David) Noble of Brighton, Mo.; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; brothers Keith, Clair, and Richard; sister Helen; and son-in-law Joe Johnson.

Shirley will be missed by many. Memorials may be given to the Chariton Library, Bethel Cemetery, Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center, or Circle of Life.

Services were held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at the Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa with Emery McDonald officiating. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at the Fielding Funeral Home. Interment was in the Bethel Cemetery.

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